Reimagining the Future – A Journey Through the Looking Glass

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I keep coming back to this from many angles; Four Spaces, Adjacent Possibilities, MR, Musings, etc., First Things First, Digital Identity. In fact it seems to be the Hub. It does not matter where I start, roam or stop, I always return to this point. (pun intended). We always wake up in our head, as the saying goes….and the truth is, we are each our own Youniverse. Do with that what you will.

There is Homesteading and then their is Home Steading. I don’t know about you, but I feel a bit like Dorothy, okay, I have no idea how Dorothy felt or feels, but you know what I mean….I’m not waking up in Kansas anymore, and I don’t really know, or care, where it is. Just waking up is a feat, at my age (70) and one in which I take it my marching orders are “Proceed”; which I am going to do until I wake up somewhere else. Got a hunch there is no Emerald City in this movie…no Oz…no Toto…and happily, no witches or munchkins…just whomever I network with, on the ground and in the air (digitally speaking).

And, WHAT, exactly does that look like? Can’t even freeze-frame it any more…it’s a constantly moving blob of bits and bytes, synaptical gaps and neurons all presenting me with my Mixed Reality, my fractalness. So, I’m getting used to it…No Maps for These Territories, as William Gibson says.

Thought I could map it, but cannot even box the compass…so, back to Dylan, No Direction Bound … being as there is no ‘home’ anymore…just space. Happy trails to you.

Where’s Trigger when you need him? Enjoy your day in your own space…I’ll let you be in mine, if you let me be in yours. Cue up Can’t Find My Way Home

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So, I coined a new word today…’prodigitous’ 

prodigitous – neologism for someone who uses digital media and tools to get things done rapidly and efficiently. (coined by me, I think) It’s also a Reddit user ‘s screenname. (So I guess, he or she could claim it, but I don’t see where it was ever defined).And, really, who cares?

The idea being, one who skillfully uses all the digital literacies,tools and platforms available to seriously get things done in a speed and fashion heretofore unknown. It is a critical skill, as the less time on the Net and in the screen, the better…So important to get more bang for your buck these days.

This all comes down to reputation, blockchain and data ownership, and trust eventually. We are now known for our digital footprint in the sands of the digital boxes we play in…this Mixed Reality we now experience just IS…we all need to go back to school again…and we need to do it together;

CO-LEARNING, as Howard Rheingold calls it.

That should be plenty to muse on. Thank you Calliope!

Got a couple of cool definitions that need ‘words’, but NSFW and TMI, L8TR all.


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MR, MUSINGS and Meditations

Mixed Reality – Meditations of the Toolshed – Musings

Just discovered Lucas Rizzotto, yikes what a mind…follow this kid…
The Next 5 years

1) Hands will be standard VR/MR Contollers
2) Eye Tracking Will Be Central to th Medium
3) Physical Objects Will Be a Key Part of VR/MR Experiences and Brands
4) A.I. Will Bring Conversational UI into VR/MR
5) Untethered MR Devices Will Slim Down & Finally Reach the Consumer Market

Virtual Reality, Augmented Virtuality, Mixed Reality … If you are here, there’s a chance you’ve heard those terms and many more to describe differences in immersive media. This is mostly a symptom of a new medium trying to figure itself out and the underlying struggle to understand the characteristics that truly set it apart.
But upon close inspection of today’s landscape and what’s coming next, one could say that the technology and design approaches in VR/MR are bound to become increasingly similar until the point they become a singular medium — and you can see symptoms of this shift today.

New VR devices like Intel’s Project Alloy employ some MR features that allow you to see your immediate surroundings with smart use of sensors and cameras. Microsoft’s new VR/MR hybrids allow you to seamlessly switch between both modes with the press of a button, all in the same device. And while the HoloLens has a limited Field of View right now, the HoloTour VR-like demo is living proof that MR can fully block out the world around you if it so desires. VR devices that can do MR and MR devices that can do VR — the collision course has never been more imminent.
VR+MR already share the same development tools, and soon the design and interaction language of both will be pretty much identical (specially as hand tracking becomes the norm). Future immersive experiences won’t live in separate mediums or under distinct labels, but rather on a spectrum — experiences with few virtual elements imposed on your real world fall to the left, and experiences that replace most (or all) of your environment fall to the right.

Also discovered a musing by C.S. Lewis Meditations in the Toolshed:
In other words, you can step outside one
experience only by stepping inside another.
Therefore, if all inside experiences are misleading,
we are always misled. The cerebral physiologist
may say, if he chooses, that the mathematician’s
thought is “only” tiny physical movements of the
grey matter. But then what about the cerebral
physiologist’s own thought at that very moment?
A second physiologist, looking at it, could
pronounce it also to be only tiny physical
movements in the first physiologist’s skull. Where
is the rot to end?
The answer is that we must never allow the rot
to begin. We must, on pain of idiocy, deny from
the very outset the idea that looking at is, by its
own nature, intrinsically truer or better than
looking along. One must look both along and at
everything. In particular cases we shall find reason
for regarding the one or the other vision as inferior.
Thus the inside vision of rational thinking must be
truer than the outside vision which sees only
movements of the grey matter; for if the outside
vision were the correct one all thought (including
this thought itself) would be valueless, and this is
self-contradictory. You cannot have a proof that
no proofs matter. On the other hand, the inside
vision of the savage’s dance to Nyonga may be
found deceptive because we find reason to believe
that crops and babies are not really affected by it.
In fact, we must take each case on its merits. But
we must start with no prejudice for or against
either kind of looking.

Which leads me to Husserl’s Epoche

The term was popularized in philosophy by Edmund Husserl. Husserl elaborates the notion of ‘phenomenological epoché’ or ‘bracketing’ in Ideas I. Through the systematic procedure of ‘phenomenological reduction’, one is thought to be able to suspend judgment regarding the general or naive philosophical belief in the existence of the external world, and thus examine phenomena as they are originally given to consciousness.[2]

The Phenomenological Reduction

Which of course, naturally leads me to an interview with Bob Dylan (atrocious btw)

And that’s how I roll 🙂

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  • Cyberspace, where it’s just information, not “real”
  • Outer Space, outside our heads, to Infinity and Beyond!
  • Inner Space, with heightened spiritual awareness being important
  • RealSpace, which only live beings with all their senses can engage

The common illusion is that we live in all four of these spaces simultaneously. And for Millenials, it must seem that way, as they are rarely out of the screen and generally multi-tasking among several devices.

If we were to Venn Diagram these spaces, we would quickly see there is very little in common among them, and each has their own Venn Diagram as well. I’ll let you map that for yourselves.

Real and Inner Space are where we Baby Boomers have matured – with a high degree of involvements in Outer Space. That is certainly no longer the case for the younger generations, nor even for ourselves, as Boomers. A lot of studies are being done here, and the general consensus is that we have gotten away from our ‘selves’. I think it is fair to say that for much of our time and space we don’t know what to do with our selves. Take a digital sabbatical, a weekend away from your devices, to see what I mean. We wake up in our own heads, we go to sleep in our own heads, but too much of our days are spent with digital distractions.

Digital addiction is now a recognized illness. And I think the lack of ‘self’ awareness is fast becoming an illness, in the sense of “dis-ease”.

Complexity theory has a lot to say about these four spaces and their interactions. My first take-away is that it is unique for each of us and dynamic. We are ever-changing beings, either being born or busy dying. Evolutionary consciousness, along with co-intelligence, involves itself with the impact of our ‘overlaps’, staying with the Venn diagram analogy.

And it is the overlaps where effective collaboration must, an only, can take place. So, at the outset, mapping is critical to any practical endeavors. I’m not sure much is being done with respect to mapping all four spaces as yet. Maybe you’ll be one of them.

That’s my scouting report for now…pleasant adventures.

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Here’s what’s coming, SOON. A future mediated by A.I., VR, MR, and AR and taking place in your headspace. Ah, spaces…we live in four now:

  • Cyberspace, where its just information, not “real”
  • Outer Space, outside our heads, to Infinity and Beyond!
  • Inner Space, with heightened spiritual awareness being important
  • RealSpace, which only live beings with all their senses can engage

We have a couple of years yet to get ‘fractally‘ comfortable before A.I. starts mediating the spaces around us, but it’s gonna happen. And it is going to change EVERYTHINK!

Adjacent spaces:

“The adjacent possible is all those things—ideas, words, songs, molecules, genomes, technologies and so on—that are one step away from what actually exists. It connects the actual realization of a particular phenomenon and the space of unexplored possibilities.”

Future Frequencies:

“The book is broken down into six chapters that follow a unique futures studies process: FutureFraming, FuturePulsing, FutureMapping, FutureScaping, FutureTuning, and FutureFabbing.

Future Frequencies is an in-depth examination of the six-stage futures studies process that author Derek Woodgate and his colleague, Wayne Pethrick, have developed. Derek, a futurist, is a longtime admirer and student of and writer about progressive culture. Future Frequencies demonstrates how innovative approaches in progressive culture can stimulate revolutionary thinking in each stage of the futures studies process.” (Amazon book blurb).

SO, it is no longer THE truth, but A truth…no longer Realities, but realities…and yours probably will not look like mine. BUT, we can share via the several medias that will converge on our headspaces – that’s where VR, AR and MR come in…Real space, which all the constant ‘screening’ has caused so many to forget will take on importance once again.

Once we are all done getting over our new revised headspaces,with all these gizmos, and settle on our preferred devices, we can get on back to being Real. Except there won’t be a shared Real, only your real and my real and some agreed upon space to share our realities.

Comfy now? Cuz now we’re going to add the realities our A.I.s will be creating – in their languages, and, so we are told, possible consciousnesses (not like ours, thankfully). And this is where is gets fractal:

“As Microsoft’s Chris Bishop says, software engineering is moving from handcrafted code based on logic to machine learning models based on probability and uncertainty. Companies like Google and Facebook are beginning to retrain their engineers in this new way of thinking. Eventually, the rest of the computing world will follow suit.”

Too much fun!

So, the FUTURE === it’s adjacent, it’s fractal, it’s many frequencies converging on a particular point – You!

Whoopie, we’re all gonna die.

Keep on truckin’.

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